Barack Obama, Richard Trumka

Union Leaders Ignore Labor History, Double Down on Partisan Politics

Samuel Gompers was the first president of the American Federation of Labor and thus one of the most important labor leaders in American history. On his watch, the American Federation of Labor became the largest and most powerful labor union in the country during a time in American history when labor unions were hardly popular.


UAW Teams Up with Big Brother

The UAW wants to organize a Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, and has asked the State Department to mediate its discussions with the auto maker, since two previous attempts at organizing Southern Nissan plants have failed.

Big Labor’s Man at Labor

By Mary Kissel, The Wall Street Journal

Senate Democrats confirmed academic David Weil to run the Labor Department’s powerful Wage and Hour Division Monday, and Big Labor is celebrating. AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka tweeted that the 51-42 vote “is an important step toward putting a real cop on the beat to enforce our wage & hour laws.” North America’s Building Trades Union chief Sean McGarvey added: “Need him on the job ASAP.”